By Shaun Murphy
In the recent past, numerous reports have surfaced that the present young generations are engaging in more sexual intercourse compared to previous generations. This might be true. However, statistics from the federal, state and local departments show most of the youths are also victims of STDs, and they’re spreading the diseases at a high rate.
Increase in Chlamydia
This week’s report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) evidenced an abnormal increase in the STD rates across the nation; a situation which hasn’t been witnessed all year-long. CDC found Chlamydia to be common among young women.
Increase in Syphilis
CDC statistics also indicated that syphilis STD shot up by 314 percent since its low record in 2001, and gonorrhea rose by 48 percent since its historic low in 2009. Additionally, the report also indicated that 50 percent of new STD infections were common among the youth of ages 15 to 24.
CDC also notes that the director of National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia, Professor Brad Wilcox, attributes the low sexual rates and high rates of STDs among the millennials to be “a kind of a mystery.”
Recent data in L.A. indicated a 4 percent rise in chlamydia, which is common among youth below 24 years old and mostly affects the African-Americans and the Latino, 27 percent in gonorrhea, 16 percent in syphilis which is common in gay sex, and 61 percent in congenital syphilis which is transmitted from the mother to the unborn child.
David Paradise, director of Paradise Marketing in California, related the high STD rates to ease of accessing the morning pill. Emergency Birth Control pill has moved from behind the counter to over-the-counter hence leading to a significant drop in condom usage.
What happens when you infect another person?
A plaintiff is subject to a lawsuit should a defendant transmit STDs under the following circumstances:
A defendant can be sued for being negligent if he or she knew or suspected to have an STD but did not inform the plaintiff beforehand. Also, if transmission didn’t occur, the plaintiff can sue for exposure.
This is whereby the defendant comes into contact with the plaintiff intentionally. The plaintiff might also consent to intercourse but not to contract an STD knowingly.
Fraud happens where a defendant is aware that he/she has STD or is likely to have, but doesn’t disclose the information to the plaintiff since he or she wants to have intercourse.
If you have any questions regarding STDs and their infection liabilities, be sure to schedule a consultation with our Palm Springs personal injury law firm. You’ll be guided on all matters regarding STDs and their effective liabilities.